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In the Scorpion TV show, as encouragement for his team of four geniuses, the lead character at one point trots out a line: "We have a collective IQ of 700!"

So does a preschool classroom full of five-year-olds. What a stupid thing to say. Hardly genius. 
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(during formal dinner at Lecter's home)

Hannibal: First and worst sign of sociopathic behavior: cruelty to animals

Jack: That doesn't apply in the kitchen.

Hannibal: I have no taste for animal cruelty; which is why I employ an ethical butcher.

Bella: An ethical butcher? Be kind to animals and then eat them?

Hannibal: I'm afraid I insist on it.
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"What takes a long time to get finished will be finally good" - Ulrike
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First Blood
Rambo: First Blood Part 2
Rambo 3

That is worse than the titling sequence that a child might make. Boo. What will the next one be called? Rambo 2: First Blood Part 5? Man, I hope so.
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Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001):
El Santo (a masked/luchador professional wrestler): "I know why you are here, My Saviour. I have chosen to call myself 'The Saint,' and as such I am your servant. To you, My Lord, my face is forever naked."
One word review: Sacrilicious!
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Dear Evan: I'm enclosing an article from a recent New York Magazine about a shop that recently opened in Manhattan called "Bob's Your Uncle," the name of which is also evidently a common British expression. The writer of the article asked "ten different Brits" what the expression means and got ten different answers, ranging from "anything's possible" to "there you are." I'm hoping you can shed a little light on the question, and while you're at it, tell us who "Bob" is. -- K. Mercurio, New York City.

I'm looking at the clipping you sent along and coming to the conclusion that we have far bigger problems around here than figuring out who "Bob" might be. According to the author, "Bob's Your Uncle" (the store) specializes in "unlikely stuff put together in unusual ways" -- specifically, "shirts on lamps, steel mesh on pillows, and pot scrubbers on picture frames." This sounds a great deal like the aftermath of some of the parties I threw in my youth. I never suspected there was a market for that mess. Does Martha Stewart know this is going on?

In any case, it is somewhat disturbing that "ten different Brits" didn't at least know what the phrase means. "Bob's your uncle" is a way of saying "you're all set" or "you've got it made." It's a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint a certain Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland. Not lost on the British public was the fact that Lord Salisbury just happened to be better known to Arthur Balfour as "Uncle Bob." In the resulting furor over what was seen as an act of blatant nepotism, "Bob's your uncle" became a popular sarcastic comment applied to any situation where the outcome was preordained by favoritism. As the scandal faded in public memory, the phrase lost its edge and became just a synonym for "no problem."


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